Last week, I mentioned the oddness, uncleanliness, and at times, just plain unmaintained nature of bus shelters. I mean they, in theory, should be a small, three-wall box where you are protected from the elements. I get so mad at their failure to stay well, clean. Being clean and or useable beyond the 'shelter' part is outside of their jurisdiction.
Weird bus shelters
But for all the horrid, decrepit shelters I've seen, I see that the rest of the world clearly maintains their shelters. In fact they don't just keep them clean, they actually do rather cool things with them. Some shelters are used as an art display. Some of them display new (or resurgent) technology like grass roofs. Some are now used as colorful and interesting promotional tools for various businesses.
It is rather cool what can be done with a bus terminal. Some have a built-in swing set. Others have free coffee dispensers. Others had interesting interactive elements that were playful and up sold various products.
Of course, I then wondered, what if these types of bus shelters were put up in my neck of the woods? I live in a not-so-neat part of town. People are likely to dump cigarettes, smear gum under things and spit on the side walks; they are just not clean peoples. We aren't even a big city so I can't even blame that. People are just lazy. So that brilliant art exhibit/shelter – covered in graffiti. A shelter with grass growing on it – filled with beer cans and cigarette butts. A promo for McDonald's new sandwich - filled with McDonald's wrappers.
You know, even if we pretty them up, it would still get trashed.
This is why we can't have nice things.